Developer Build A Rocket Boy has confirmed that its upcoming game Everywhere does not use NFTs and is not built on the Blockchain. The confirmation comes following speculation around Everywhere’s link to Web 3.0 that began when the game was revealed at Gamescom 2022.
At a recent preview event attended by the press, Build A Rocket Boy made it clear that Everywhere was not linked to the Blockchain at all and will not use NFTs. In a roundtable interview, IGN asked why Build A Rocket Boy had decided to avoid the controversial technology.
“We don’t need it, is the basic point,” said Mick Hocking, Chief Development Officer at Build A Rocket Boy.
“Blockchain and NFTs are useful when you want to take content outside of your walled garden and go onto an exchange or to go between products. [In Everywhere] everything is within our world, so players can share content, they can create content, we don’t need the technology. So why implement it?”
Back in the summer of 2022, speculation emerged around Everywhere’s use of NFTs due to Build A Rocket Boy advertising multiple open job positions for a blockchain team. The developer quickly responded, saying “These are research positions, as we do not like dismissing new technologies only because others haven’t found a solution for them yet.”
While in that same statement it said “We are building Everywhere on Unreal Engine 5, not the blockchain,” the developer did not explicitly state that NFTs were not part of the plan. However, today’s news finally rules any kind of crypto-based approach out of the picture.
While there are no plans for the blockchain, Hocking did not rule out other emerging technologies. “But saying that, we’re looking at all sorts of AI and other technologies for the future, as everyone is. So that’s the reason [we’re not using NFTs], it just doesn’t offer us anything that we need.”
For a closer look at what Everywhere actually does have, check out our Everywhere preview.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Features Editor.